Saturday, July 5, 2014

DEMETER ( DEH - meh - ter)

Demeter is a fertility Gooddess, especially of grain and agriculture. She has two sisters, Hera and Hestia, and one daughter, Persephone, whom she loves dearly.

    Hades, the King of the Underworld wanted Persephone for his Queen. One day while she was picking flowers in a meadow he kidnapped her and dragged her down to his dark realm.

    Demeter was worried when Persephone didn't return home that night and called on her friend Hekate. The two Gooddesses scoured the nearby meadows for Persephone, but there was no trace of her.

Destitute, Demeter took two burning torches and for nine days and nights wandered the earth in search of her daughter, neither eating nor sleeping. Disguised as a hunched old woman, she took work as a nanny for a wealthy family, looking after their baby boy Demophoon. She grew to love him, and each night secretly dipped him in the embers of the hearth fire to make him immortal.

One night Demophoon's mother saw this and thought Demeter was trying to kill him. She screamed and snatched her baby away. Outraged, Demeter grew to her full height, revealed her true identity and ordered the family to build a temple to her.

    Demeter sat in this temple for many weeks and mourned Persephone. All over the world, crops failed. The other Gooddesses, including her friends Hekate and Baubo, tried to placate her, but she was inconsolable. Fearing for the future of the human race, Demeter's sister Hera, Queen of the Gooddesses, ordered Hades to release Persephone. He did so, but Persephone by now was enjoying being Queen of the Underworld and so she decided to spend half of every year with her mother and the other half in the Underworld.
Demeter and Persephone were reunited in tender embraces and tears of joy. Crops flourished, and the world was again prosperous.


You are a genuinely nice person, a people person. Your family and friends are deeply important to you, as you are to them. You ensure give and take in your relationships, and make sure you are appreciated.
You are comforting and encouraging, often playing a parenting role, seeing good in others where they may not see it themselves. You bring unity, stability, and completion to your environment. You understand the benefits of sharing and co-operation. Your awareness of the healing power of love means you can be a channel for its expression by the way you live your life. Thus you take personal responsibility for ending suffering and you are helping save the world.

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At your weakest you depend on the constant company and approval of others so much that you lose sight of who you really are. You act like a martyr and convince yoursylph that no one appreciates how much you do for them.
    If you do not let the Gooddesses into your life, you try to communicate what you want from others without saying so openly. Your subconscious resentment and agression grows. These repressed conflicts take their toll at a deep level, and are outwardly expressed by passive aggression, hypochondria, and a gradual decline into madness.

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